When you wake up in the morning, are you satisfied with your
appearance? Are you in and out of the shower, dressed, and fed
in under twenty minutes? Probably not.
Like most people you have a daily routine that you follow
faithfully. You do not leave your house until you have achieved
the 'right look'. For many, this includes salon-beautiful hair
matched with designer name-brand clothes.
For most women, their daily beauty routine involves precious
time in front of a mirror and the application of make-up, to
some extent; some foundation here, a little rouge there. But
why do women do this? Why do they subject themselves to such
a time- consuming hassle day in and day out? Is it to achieve
that Cindy Crawford "model look", when the truth is
Cindy does not even look like herself.
I once read a magazine interview about Cindy. In it, she revealed
that she does not usually look the way we see her on television
and in magazine spreads. She admitted that when she is not at
a photo shoot, like you and me, she too wears jeans and a T-shirt,
with minimal make-up. The article also talked about a blind date
she had gone on a few years back. Her date had been expecting
Cindy Crawford the model, but she showed up as Cindy Crawford
the real person, and that greatly disappointed him. Even his
expectations of her had been unreal.
Do not let your personal expectations of yourself be unreal.
The next time you look in the mirror ask yourself, "Whose
face do I have on?" Do not let the face that answers be
that of a different person with a deceiving secret identity,
an identity courtesy of some make-up company and a few name-brand
products that encourage people to be someone they are not. Instead,
let the question be answered by the true image in the mirror's
Your identity is who you are, do not keep it a secret. It's
what makes each and every one of us unique. William Shakespeare
knew this when he once wrote, "To thine own self be true."
We are all special in our individual ways and no one should dictate
how we are to look. Be original and be yourself. Unless you are
Superman, you do not need a secret identity as a disguise.